Old 12-28-2007, 03:28 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Bartonvile, TX
Posts: 105
Default Proofing/Fermenting box ideas?

I just finished Stage 1 of a Sourdough starter and the recipe calls for letting it sit to ferment 36-48 hours at a temp of 86. While those parameters may be bent, it got me wondering what would be an easy way to create a box designed for fermenting dough starters or proofing small quantities of dough? A large cooler comes to mind but what would be a precisely controllable heat source, perhaps even thermostatically?

This brings to mind when years ago I created a fermentation chamber for 5 gallon batches of home brewed beer. It was an apartment sized fridge with a thermocouple run inside controlled by an externally mounted temperature controller. The controller had a high and low end switch that would turn the fridge on or off when it reached the limits of cool or heat. Once the fridge reached the low temp end the controller would shut the fridge off and switch on a 75 watt incandescent bulb I wired inside. That bulb would heat the fridge to max temp and then shut off and call for cooling. It worked great.

Any ideas on how to make something similar on a small scale?


Reply With Quote
Old 01-07-2008, 05:39 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: california
Posts: 32
Default Re: Proofing/Fermenting box ideas?

cheap and very effective:

1. inexpensive styrofoam cooler
2. light bulb socket/cord
3. low wattage bulb
4. punch hole in lid of cooler to accommodate socket, add bulb
5. regulate heat by positioning cooler lid; completely closed = hottest, etc.

more elaborate solutions can be found here (but i think they are over-kill for simply activating a starter):

eG Forums -> Building a Homemade Proofing Box

proofing box????
Reply With Quote
Old 01-08-2008, 03:16 PM
KiwiPete's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Posts: 108
Default Re: Proofing/Fermenting box ideas?

I have used the same setup with a cheap cooler and the light bulb, but added a little battery powered digital thermostat in as well. Its cheap enough (NZ$30.-) and keeps the temperature at whatever level you "dial" it in at. I use not just for activating the starter but for all my yeast and dough proofing needs.

The thermostat also saves a bit on power for the light bulb. I quite like the "set and forget" aspect of it.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2010, 07:58 PM
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Hampton, Minnesota USA
Posts: 17
Default Re: Proofing/Fermenting box ideas?

Electric heating pad uses about 60 watts, and its heat is distributed.

Enjoy life! It's limited, you only get as much as you take.
Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2010, 09:49 AM
Master Builder
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Washington State USA
Posts: 803
Default Re: Proofing/Fermenting box ideas?

I picked up one of these for $25 at a local 2nd hand /second use store:

APW 2 DRAWER BUN WARMER WARMING CABINET NO RESERVE! - eBay (item 110606118661 end time Nov-06-10 08:49:43 PDT)

Works really well for proofing dough.

Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stone Work Photos and Ideas james Design Styles, Chimneys and Finish 61 05-21-2015 09:09 PM
Cheesy Idea's Mojoe Artisan Ingredients 6 12-06-2007 11:04 PM
Thanksgiving Menu Ideas Richard Roasting and Grilling 2 11-10-2006 03:40 PM
What ideas do you have about an adjacent pit BBQ? Marcel Heat Management 1 09-08-2005 11:58 PM
Newbie looking for ideas, sources, etc. bisbys Newbie Forum 10 07-02-2005 11:42 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:52 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0
2006/10 Forno Bravo, LLC